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[Nawab of Pataudi; Indian Cricket Captain] Photograph as a young man with autographed instruction on the reverse

Author: 
Nawab of Patudi [Nawab Mohammad Iftikhar Ali Khan Siddiqui Pataudi, sometimes I. A. K. Pataudi (1910–1952), 8th Nawab of Pataudi, captain of the India national cricket team].
Pataudi
Publication details: 
No place or date
£550.00
Pataudi

B & W photograph, 7.5 x 10.5cm, very good condition. Jacket, tie and jumper. Text on reverse: X | Please use this one. | Pataudi. See image.

[ Capt. Arthur Rostron; Carpathia; Titanic ] Autograph Note Signed A H Rostron to A.S.Plested, returning an item the latter had sent to him.

Author: 
Arthur Rostron [Sir Arthur Henry Rostron (1869–1940), sailor and a seagoing officer for the Cunard Line. Captain of The Carpathia [Titanic Rescue[.
Publication details: 
[Headed] Holmecroft, Chalk Hill, Westend, Hants., 20 June 1931.
£1,450.00

One page, 4to, fold mark minor staining. Text: Very many thanks for your kindness in forwarding the enclosed [not present] for my perusal. | It is very interesting & [I] had never Seen it before. | I return it herewith as I honestly do not care to have too many mementoes of the occasion [presumably the sinking of the Titanic].

[Sir James Craufurd [Sir James Gregan-Craufurd], diplomat. Autograph Letter in the third person, in French, to 'M. Dulau' [London foreign-language bookseller] ordering books required for 'le cours historique qu'il a commencé avec ses enfans'.

Author: 
Sir James Craufurd [Sir James Gregan-Craufurd] of Kilbirney, Stirling, 2nd Baronet (1761-1839), diplomat, British Ambassador to Denmark
Publication details: 
22 August 1806. Rushbrook Hall near Bury St. Edmunds.
£35.00

See his obituary in the Gentleman's Magazine, September 1839. B. Dulau & Co. was a firm of foreign language booksellers in Soho Square, London, founded by a Benedictine monk, Armand Bertrand Dulau, who had fled France during the revolution. 2pp, 4to. Thirty-two lines of text. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mounting adhering to one edge, and negligible damage at a corner. The letter begins: 'Sir James Craufurd prie M.

[Sir Robert Long, Royalist politician and exchequer official, associate of Samuel Pepys and rival of the Earl of Clarendon.] Autograph Signature ('Rob Long') on exchequer document..

Author: 
Sir Robert Long (c.1602-1673) of Worcester Park, Royalist MP, Auditor of the Lower Exchequer and Receiver-General of the Queen's Revenues, associate of Samuel Pepys and rival of the Earl of Clarendon
Publication details: 
July 1667. Place not stated.
£30.00

See Long's entry in the Oxford DNB. On 7 x 17 cm piece of paper, laid down on slightly larger piece of thick paper cut from an album. In good condition, lightly aged. Three lines of text by Long in clerk's hand, reading 'Registred accordinge to Ex Art within [mentioned?] ye [?] day of July 1667[.] And to be paid in coarse [?] after 397338 16 1'. A good example of Long's neat signature, larger and underlined with a tight flourish, beneath the text and towards the right.

[Sir William Grant, Scottish lawyer and English judge.] Autograph Note in the third person, regarding 'the Old Fish Dinner party'.

Author: 
Sir William Grant (1752-1832), Scottish lawyer and English judge, Attorney General for Quebec, Member of Parliament, Master of the Rolls
Publication details: 
23 June 1829. Lincoln's Inn Fields [London].
£30.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. On one side of a 12 x 11 cm piece of paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Reads: 'Lincoln's Inn Fields | 23d. June 1829 | Sir Wm. Grant will have the honor of joining the Old Fish Dinner party on Saty. the 27th. of June.'

[Meredith Frampton, 'the forgotten genius of British art'.] Autograph Letter Signed , thanking portraitist Maurice Codner for 'a most enjoyable evening'.

Author: 
Meredith Frampton [George Vernon Meredith Frampton], English artist, 'the forgotten genius of British art' [Maurice Frederick Codner (1888-1958), portraitist]
Publication details: 
16 May 1938. On his letterhead, 92 Carlton Hill, NW8 [London].
£30.00

Alistair Sooke, on the BBC website, makes the case that 'Meredith Frampton is the forgotten genius of British art'. See Frampton's entry in the Oxford DNB, and also those of Codner and of Frampton's father Sir George Frampton, who executed the celebrated statue of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (not modelled on his son, who was eighteen when it was made). 1p, 4to, in fair condition, aged and worn. Folded once. Writing to 'My dear Codner', he apologises for 'keeping you up till such a late hour last night'.

[Oscar Hammerstein, American lyricist and librettist associated with Richard Rodgers.] Typed Note Signed ('Oscar') to W. J. Macqueen-Pope, regarding the opening of the London production of 'The King and I'.

Author: 
Oscar Hammerstein [Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II] (1895-1960), American lyricist, librettist, associated with composer Richard Rodgers [W. J. Macqueen-Pope]
Publication details: 
12 October 1953. On London letterhead of 'The King and I', Williamson Music Limited, 14 St George St, W.1.
£220.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged. Folded once. The printing of the letterhead, in red and black, extends along three edges, with decorations including an oriental-style architectural motif in front of a tree at bottom right. At the head of the page the letterhead reads 'Williamson presents The King and I as originally produced by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein 2nd.' The four directors of Williamson Music Limited are named at the foot, including Rodgers, Hammerstein and 'Louis Dreyfus (British formerly American)'. The note, addressed to 'Mr.

[Ronnie Tritton, War Office Publicity Officer.] Two Autograph Letters Signed ('T' and 'R.') [to his wife Andrina], written during the 'Phoney War', writing with evocative immediacy about Claridge's, the Savoy, and a host of friends and acquaintances.

Author: 
Ronnie Tritton [Ronald Edward Tritton] (1907-1990), War Office Publicity Officer 1940-1945 [his wife, née Andrina Frances Schweder; Savoy Hotel, London; The Phoney War, Second World War]
Publication details: 
One: 12 September 1939. On letterhead of White's [gentleman's club in St James's Street, London]. Two: 'Wed.' [no date, but 1939]. On letterhead of the Savoy Hotel, London.
£56.00

Tritton was educated at Winchester College, and in later life held the office of High Sheriff of Essex. He served as War Office Publicity Officer between 1940 and 1945 (the first civilian to hold the post). The present items exhibit the candour and evocative immediacy for which his wartime diaries were praised on their publication in 2012. Two long letters to 'Darling', both 2pp, 4to. Both in good condition, lightly aged, and folded twice. ONE (signed 'R.'): Thirty-eight lines of text. He is writing her a second letter of the day, prompted by boredom and the want of something else to do'.

[Martin Hardie, artist, engraver, art historian, and a Victoria & Albert Museum Keeper.] Autograph Card Signed to C. H. Whitby, regarding an engraving by the disciple of William Blake, Samuel Palmer.

Author: 
Martin Hardie (1875-1952), artist, engraver, art historian and Keeper of Painting, Engraving, Illustration, and Design at the Victoria and Albert Musem, London [Samuel Palmer; William Blake]
Publication details: 
4 June 1925; with London postmark of the same date.
£35.00

See Hardie's entry in the Oxford DNB. 11.5 x 9 cm card. Printed with penny stamp in red; no illustration. In fair condition, discoloured and a little worn. Addressed by Hardie to 'C. H. Whitby | 82, Crofton Park | Yeovil.' (Whitby is the author of a handful of books of reglious poetry.) Whitby would appear to be offering for sale, or at least asking for advice about, an impression of Palmer's celebrated engraving 'The Bellman'.

[Rev. Joseph Wolff, Jewish Christian traveller and 'missionary to the world' whose travels inspired Fitzroy Maclean.] Part of Autograph Letter in the third person, in English, to 'the Hon. Mr. Wilson', regarding a subscription.

Author: 
Joseph Wolff (1795-1862), Jewish Christian traveller and 'missionary to the world', born in Germany and settled in England, who inspired Fitzroy Maclean and whose son founded the Primrose Leagu
Publication details: 
No date or place.
£35.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 11 x 8 piece of watermarked wove paper, cut from letter. In fair condition, aged and worn. Folded twice. Reads: 'The Rev. Joseph Wolff will feel obliged by the Hon. Mr. Wilson having the goodness to remit the amount of the subscription which he will [...]'. On the reverse is part of the letter's address: '[...] [Bl]oomsbury | London'.

[Ken Rosewall and Darlene Hard, celebrated tennis players.] Autograph Signatures.

Author: 
Ken Rosewall [Kenneth Robert Rosewall] (b.1934), Australian lawn tennis player; Darlene Hard [Darlene Ruth Hard] (b. 1936), American tennis player who won three open championships
Publication details: 
No date or place, but dated in another hand '1956'.
£45.00

In blue ink on a 9 x 6 cm rectangle of laid paper. In good condition. Hard signs first ('Darlene | Hard') with Rosewall's signature ('Ken Rosewall') curving upwards beneath hers. Between the two, in another hand is the date 1956, and beneath Rosewall's signature, in the same hand, is '(Rosewall)'. In 1956 Rosewall was on the verge of turning professional. In that year he won the US Open, beating fellow-Australian Lew Hoad. It was one of eight Grand Slam finals he played in as an amateur, winning three. In 1956 Hard was nearing her peak.

[Leontine Sagan, director of pioneering lesbian film 'Mädchen in Uniform', associate of Alexander Korda.] Autograph Card Signed, in English, to 'Popie' [theatre historian W. J. MacQueen-Pope] saying goodbye on leaving London for South Africa.

Author: 
Leontine Sagan [née Leontine Schlesinger; later Leontine Fleischer] (1889-1974), Austro-Hungarian Jewish film and theatre director who made the lesbian film 'Mädchen in Uniform' [ W. J. MacQueen-Pope]
Publication details: 
'St. Helena, 2/XI/52'. [2 November 1952]
£45.00

Postcard with postmarked St Helena postage stamp and photograph of illustration of 'The pavilion where Napoleon resided before going to Longwood, St. Helena'. In fair condition, lightly aged. Addressed by Sagan to 'McQueen Pope Esq. | 5/6 Coventry Str. | London | W.1'. Reads: 'Dear Popie, | Belated farewell greetings on my way back to S. A. This island is beautiful and magic. | Best wishes for the new year and my sincere regards. | Yours Leontine Sagan'.

[John Pitt, 2nd Earl of Chatham, general who commanded the Walcheren Campaign of 1809.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Chatham') to Rev. Dr H. Adams, sending an autograph of his brother William Pitt the Younger [not present].

Author: 
John Pitt (1756-1835), 2nd Earl of Chatham, British general who commanded the disastrous Walcheren Campaign of 1809; elder brother of William Pitt the Youngerq
Publication details: 
13 April 1829. Charles Street [London].
£80.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of mount adhering to blank second leaf of bifolium. Folded twice. He returned 'but very late from Brighton, and was afterwards very unwell, which added to a great deal of business', prevented him from finding for Adams 'an Autograph of my Brothers, which I promised you some time back'. He is now enclosing the autograph, but apologises that he has 'none of my Father's [i.e. William Pitt the elder] to send you, for among his letters, there are no copies preserved in his own hand writing.'

[John Redmond, Irish nationalist politician.] Autograph Signature ('J. E. Redmond') cut from a letter.

Author: 
John Redmond [John E. Redmond; John Edward Redmond] (1856-1918) of Wexford, Irish nationalist politician, MP in British Parliament, leader of Irish Parliamentary Party and Irish National Volunteers
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£20.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. On piece of paper, cut into an irregular shape roughly 3.5 x 9 cm. In good condition, lightly aged. Written in a bold hand, and reading 'I remain | respectfully yrs | J. E .Redmond'. In a nineteenth-century hand, on the reverse: 'John E Redmond. | M P. | Wexford. I. | The Flower of Irish Oratory'.

[John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley, Liberal politician after whom Kimberley in South Africa is named.] Autograph Note Signed ('Kimberley') to an unnamed peer.

Author: 
John Wodehouse (1826-1902), 1st Earl of Kimberley [Lord Kimberley], politician who held office in every Liberal administration from 1852 to 1895, and after whom Kimberley, South Africa, is named
Publication details: 
27 June 1867. On House of Lords embossed letterhead.
£45.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'My dear Lord, | I have fixed the Oath's Bills &c for Tuesday July 9. | Believe me | faithfully Yours | Kimberley'.

[George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle, Whig statesman, and planned French invasion of England.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Morpeth'), applying [to member of government] for financial aid, in case his Troop of Yeomanry are 'called for to act'.

Author: 
George Howard (1773-1848), 6th Earl of Carlisle [styled Viscount Morpeth until 1825], Whig statesman, Lord Privy Seal [Henry Belasyse (1742-1802), 2nd Earl Fauconberg, Tory politician]
Publication details: 
27 April 1798. Clarges Street [London].
£56.00

1p, 4to. Aged and worn, with thin strip of mount adhering to one edge, and slight damage to one corner. The unnamed recipient is a member of William Pitt the Younger's Tory Ministry, and the letter is written at a time when the administration was preparing for a French invasion, the first French Army of England having gathered on the Channel coast.

[Lord Bathurst, Tory politician.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Bathurst') [to the agent of the Marquis Wellesley, elder brother of the Duke of Wellington], regarding a dispute over the fittings to be left behind on quitting Apsley House.

Author: 
Henry Bathurst (1762-1834), 3rd Earl Bathurst [Lord Bathurst], Tory Foreign Secretary, friend and supporter of Pitt the Younger [Lord Wellesley; Duke of Wellington; Apsley House, Piccadilly, Mayfair]
Publication details: 
Piccadilly [London]. 22 September [1807].
£300.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. The present item dates from 1807, the year in which Bathurst sold the celebrated Apsley House ('No. 1 London') to the Duke of Wellington's brother the Marquis Wellesley, who sold it on to the Duke ten years later. It is now the Wellington Museum. This item casts an interesting light on the initial sale. 2pp, 4to. Thirty-four lines of text. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded four times. He is disappointed that the unnamed male recipient (presumably Wellesley's agent) has not called on him.

[Dame Anna Neagle [Dame Florence Marjorie Wilcox], star of stage and screen.] Typed Note Signed ('Anna') to 'Popey' [theatre historian W. J. MacQueen-Pope], regarding the first night [of 'The Glorious Days'].

Author: 
Dame Anna Neagle [Dame Florence Marjorie Wilcox] (1904-1986), star of stage and screen [W. J. MacQueen-Pope [Walter James MacQueen-Pope] (1888-1960), theatre historian]
Publication details: 
On her letterhead, from 128 Mount Street, London, W.1. 6 March 1953.
£35.00

1p, 8vo. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. Folded once. Salutation ('My dear Popey -') and valediction ('My love to you both - | Anna.') in her autograph; the rest typed. Good bold signature. Reads: 'It was so very kind of you to think of me on Saturday.

[David Murray, 7th Viscount Stormont and 2nd Earl of Mansfield, writing (at the start of American War of Independence) as British Ambassador to France.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Stormont,'), diplomatic communication from Paris, on various matters.

Author: 
David Murray (1727-1796), 7th Viscount Stormont and 2nd Earl of Mansfield, Scottish diplomat and politician, British Ambassador to France at start of American War of Independence
Publication details: 
'Paris Thursday Morning | May 22. 1777.'
£80.00

Mansfield had already served in Vienna and Warsaw before being appointed French Ambassador in 1772. He held the post until 1778. See his entry in the Oxford DNB, where he is described as 'the leading British diplomat of his generation'. 2pp, 4to. In fair condition, aged, worn and a little creased. Folded three times. Biographical details in a tiny hand at top left of first page. Twenty lines of text.

[Eric Maschwitz, writer and broadcaster.] Typed Letter Signed ('Eric') to 'Mac' [W. J. MacQueen-Pope], suggesting that he write a history of His Majesty's Theatre.

Author: 
Eric Maschwitz [Albert Eric Maschwitz] (1901-1969), writer, lyricist, screenwriter and BBC broadcaster [W. J. MacQueen-Pope [Walter James MacQueen-Pope] (1888-1960), theatre historian]
Publication details: 
8 September [no year]. On letterhead of 23 Bruton Street, W.1. [London]
£150.00

Maschwitz wrote the lyrics to 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square' and 'These Foolish Things', and was nominated for an oscar for co-writing the screenplay of 'Goodbye, Mr Chips'. See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 2pp, 12mo. Twenty-nine lines of text. In fair condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Maschwitz begins by congratulating him 'on a really enthralling book! Loved every page of it!' With reference to Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, he explains that the previous day he 'had a talk with old Dennis Grayson who with Mrs Corey Wright is one of Tree's executors.

[Admiral George Anson Byron, 7th Baron Byron of Rochdale, cousin and successor of the poet Lord Byron.] Autograph Signature ('Byron') on frank of letter to the Hon. Mrs Collingwood.

Author: 
George Anson Byron (1789-1868), 7th Baron Byron of Rochdale, Royal Navy admiral, and cousin of the poet Lord Byron, whom he succeeded to the title [Admiral Collingwood; Collingwood House, Kent]
Publication details: 
'Portsmouth December Seventh 1826', with frank of 8 December 1826.
£28.00

Frank on 7 x 13 cm panel cut from front of envelope. In good condition, lightly aged, laid down on part of leaf from album, with the reverse carrying part of the frank to a letter from another unidentified individual, with free postmark from 1826. Byron's frank has the customary red-ink postmark at top right ('FREE | 8 DE 8 | 1826'), and is laid out by him in the customary fashion: 'Portsmouth December Seven | 1826 | The Honble. Mrs. Collingwood | Hawkhurst | Kent'. Byron's signature 'Byron.', at bottom left, is only underlined, and not enclosed within the two parallel lines as required.

[Alexander Hamilton, 10th Duke of Hamilton, Scottish politician, dandy and connoisseur.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C: H: & B.') [to Sir John Robison?], regarding a box 'for smoaking segars', and recipient's 'partiality for the banks of the Clyde'.

Author: 
Alexander Hamilton (1767-1852), 10th Duke of Hamilton, 7th Duke of Brandon, Scottish politician, manuscript collector, dandy and connoisseur, son-in-law of William Beckford [Sir John Robison
Publication details: 
'Thomas's Hotel [i.e. Thomas's Hotel, Berkeley Square, London] | March ye 21st.' [1822]
£45.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 2pp, 12mo. Thirty lines of text. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Part of the second leaf of the bifolium, detached, is endorsed 'Duke of Hamilton 21 March 1822'. The recipient's identity is presumed from the reference in the letter to 'Mrs Robison'. He thanks him for his 'obliging note' and 'the drawing of the [Kullicum?] for smoaking segars', which is a 'very kind attention on your part'. As he is '[f]earfull lest some accident should happen', he has 'desired that the box may not be forwarded to London'.

[Admiral William Douglas, Royal Navy.] Autograph Note in the third person to Herbert Brace of the Middle Temple, on not having 'heard satisfactorily from Mr. Brace'.

Author: 
Admiral William Douglas ['Billy Douglas'] (1749-1817), Admiral of the Blue in the Royal Navy [Herbert Brace of the Middle Temple, lawyer]
Publication details: 
10 March 1809. No place.
£35.00

32mo, 1p. On recto of first leaf of bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Traces of red wax seal adhering to corner of second leaf, with is endorsed 'Adml. Douglas 18 March 1809'. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with part of postmark, to 'Herbt. Brace Esqr. | Temple'. Reads: 'Friday ye. 18 March | Adl. Douglas compliments; he expected long ago to have heard satisfactorily from Mr. Brace.' Douglas commanded HMS Stately in Elphinstone’s 1795 expedition to the Cape of Good Hope, and in the same year was present at the reduction of Ceylon.

[ Gregynog Press Secretary ] Typed Letter Signed Dora Herbert Jones to E. Whitby, Gregynog customer and Private Press collector, with information about the Press and its procedures.

Author: 
Dora Herbert Jones, Secretary, Gregynog Press
Publication details: 
[Headed] The Gregynog Press, Newtown, Montgomeryshire (with listing of Directors and Engravers), 12 Dec. 1931.
£180.00

One page, cr. 8vo, fold marks, very good condition. He has written to enquire about the Press's Comus. This book was issued recently and a prospectus was sent to you before its publication. In case you have not received this I enclose another with this letter. I regret that we are unable to send out our books of sale and return as the editions are so small and the books so expensive and so delicate that it is impossible to allow them to go out in this way.

[C. L. Graves and Punch editor E. V. Knox.] Autograph Letter Signed from 'C L. G.' to 'Evoe', discussing in detail questions relating to his planned history of Punch, with long autograph 'Notes on your Memorandum'.

Author: 
C. L. Graves [Charles Larcom Graves (1856-1944), assistant-editor of Punch and the Spectator, uncle of poet Robert Graves [E. V. Knox [Edmund George Valpy Knox] (1881-1971, 'Evoe'), editor of Punch]
Publication details: 
Letter on letterhead of Kent Lodge, Westgate-on-Sea, Thanet. 30 May 1938. Memorandum undated.
£450.00

For information on Graves see the generous obituary of him in The Times, 18 April 1944. Both items in fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with minor staining from paperclip to first leaf of letter. The work was not published, and although Graves states in Item One that the greater part of the text is 'in the hands of my typist', there is no record of its survival, or of the thousand related documents he states were sent to him by M. H. Spielmann. ONE: ALS from 'C L. G.' to 'Dear Evoe'. 4pp., landscape 8vo.

[Winifred Peck [Lady Peck; née Knox] (1882-1962), novelist and biographer, sister of Ronald Knox.] Substantial correspondence of more than fifty Autograph Letters Signed to her brother E. V. Knox, intimate leters dealing with family affairs.

Author: 
Winifred Peck [Winifred Frances Peck, Lady Peck; née Knox] (1882-1962), novelist and biographer, sister of Ronald Knox and E. V. Knox [Edmund George Valpy Knox] (1881-1971)
Publication details: 
None with year, but dating between the 1930s and her death. Most on letterhead of 19 George Square, Edinburgh, with others from London, Dublin and Sussex.
£600.00

Lady Peck does not have an entry in the Oxford DNB, but the entries of her four brothers and father, supplemented by various biographies, illuminate the contents of this intimate family correspondence of more than fifty letters, in which the eldest sibling, Ethel Knox (1879-1958) features prominently. A total of 187pp, in various formats. Also present is a postcard sent from Ireland (letterhead of the Royal Hibernian Hotel, Dublin). The letters are signed 'W' and 'W F P', and almost all addressed to 'Teddie' (others to 'Evoe', 'E.

[Philip Youngman Carter, Assistant Editor of The Tatler and husband of Margery Allingham.] Eight Signed Letters (three in Autograph, five Typed) to E. V. Knox, regarding reviewing, with galley proof of one of Knox's reviews.

Author: 
Youngman Carter [Philip Youngman Carter] (1904-1969), crime novelist, graphic artist, husband of Margery Allingham, assistant editor of 'The Tatler' [E. V. Knox [Edmund George Valpy Knox] (1881-1971)]
Publication details: 
All eight letters on letterhead of The Tatler and Bystander, London. Seven dated between 17 November 1950 and 14 May 1953, the other without year.
£220.00

According to the Oxford DNB entry on Carter's wife the crime writer Margery Allingham (whose book jackets were among those he designed): 'Their amiable, childless marriage was funded by Allingham's increasingly successful fiction. And, although Youngman Carter assisted his wife as a sounding board for plot design, and by producing covers and illustrations for her work, he found it difficult to sell his art.

[Katharine Asquith describes the final illness of her private chaplain Ronald Knox to his brother E. V. Knox.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Katherine Asquith') to 'Mr. Knox', describing the final illness and death of Ronald Knox.

Author: 
Katharine Asquith, Arts Patron [Ronald Knox (1888-1957), Roman Catholic cleric, author, writer of detective fiction, private chaplain to Katherine Asquith (1885-1976) [E. V. Knox; Winifred Peck]]
Publication details: 
27 August 1957. On letterhead of The Manor House, Mells, Frome.
£180.00

See the entries for Knox, his three brothers (including the recipient of this letter) and father in the Oxford DNB, together with the biography of Knox by his friend and literary executor Evelyn Waugh. Katharine Frances Asquith [née Horner] (1885-1976) converted to Catholicism in the years following the death in the Battle of the Somme of her husband Raymond Asquith, son of Liberal Prime Minister H. H. Asquith. Knox served as her private chaplain from 1947. Lady Peck was Winifred Peck (1882-1962), sister of Ronald Knox and the letter's recipient E. V. Knox. 2pp, 4to.

[Sir Edward Seymour Hicks, actor-manager, to theatre historian W. J. MacQueen-Pope.] Autograph Letter Signed and Airgraph letter, both long and gossipy, expressing dissatisfaction with South Africa. With copy of letter to Hicks from MacQueen-Pope.

Author: 
Seymour Hicks [Sir Edward Seymour Hicks] (1871-1949), actor-manager who built the Aldwych and Hicks theatres in London [W. J. MacQueen-Pope [Walter James MacQueen-Pope] (1888-1960), theatre historian]
Publication details: 
ALS: undated, but with Capetown postmark of 6 July 1942. Airgraph: 25 November 1942. Both letters c/o Barclays Bank, Cape Town, South Africa. MacQueen-Pope's copy letter: 23 September 1942; Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, WC2 [London].
£120.00

The three items in good condition, lightly aged. An entertaining and characteristic exchange, with MacQueen-Pope's letter (Item Three) dating from between Hicks's two. ONE: ALS from 'Seymour H.' to 'My dear old Poppie'. Undated, with envelope with Capetown postmark dated 6 July 1942, addressed to 'McQueen Pope Ere. | Drury Lane Theatre | Drury Lane | London | W. C. 1 | From Sir Seymour Hicks'. 2pp, 8vo. 79 lines of closely-written text, headed 'Private & Confidential'.

[E. V. Knox, editor of Punch.] Autograph Text of Prize-giving speech for speech day at Brookfield Secondary School for Girls, Highgate, with two versions of programme, and covering note.

Author: 
E. V. Knox [Edmund George Valpy Knox] (1881-1971, 'Evoe'), editor of Punch, 1932-1949, essayist, poet and humorist [Brookfield Secondary School for Girls, Highgate, London]
Publication details: 
Speech dated by Knox 19 July 1951. The two programmes for Brookfield Secondary School for Girls [Highgate, London], Speech Day, 1951. Knox's covering note on his letterhead, 110 Frognal, NW3.
£220.00

See Knox's entry in the Oxford DNB, along with those of his father and three brothers. The school was in existence in various places and under various names between 1914 and 1965. Four items, in good condition, lightly aged. ONE: Autograph Speech by Knox, headed 'BROOKFIELD SCHOOL'. Dated 19 July 1951. 3pp, 12mo. On three leaves held together with brass stud, with directions to the school on reverse of last leaf. Written in capital letters. Knox begins by noting the prizes: 'Difficult to think of anything else when one sees this table loaded with gifts.

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